Bloggers for Peace: Belated Post – One good thing about music

I hear the phrase is “better late than never” and hopefully that’s the case with this belated post for the August Bloggers for Peace challenge.

A lot happened for me in August including: more hospital visits; a holiday in Dorset designed to aid recuperation but in reality an opportunity to assess how resilient and capable my body is despite well over a year of vicious medical interventions; the complete absence of any mobile or mobile internet signal for two weeks; preparations for my new career; and everything that happens when you try to buy a house…  Each of these things deserves a post or two in its own right but today the topic is music and peace.

This challenge has probably been the most difficult to date because music is as much part of me as my freckles.  Thinking about music that inspires peace in my life has taken me back through experiences spanning almost 40 years.  The music I’ve trawled through includes songs from the 70’s right up to today and every single piece has something significant attached to it.

One of my earliest and happiest memories is accompanied by The Carpenters ‘On Top of the World.’ I think I’d have been about 5 years old. I remember my Mother singing along to this on the radio while she prepared food for us. My Mom brought a great deal of happiness to everyone around her; her positive attitude and placid nature meant that our house was filled with peace and love.  It was usually filled with music too because she loved the radio and records (no digital wizardry in those days) and would frequently sing along while doing the housework or baking cakes.  We didn’t have a lot of money – in reality we may well have been classed as poor – but we didn’t need it because the simple things in life were far more valuable to us.

I gained a lot from my Mom’s approach to life, her kindness to others, joy in nature and the serenity she brought to our home.  I still think about her every day and I  wish she was here, singing in the kitchen while baking lemon meringue pie.  The Carpenters certainly left a lasting impression because I associate them with a safe, secure and loving home.

Having had almost a month to think about this challenge I decided The Carpenters are in the running but they don’t bring the greatest sense of inner peace.  Those songs are ‘Don’t Give Up’ by Kate Bush and Peter Gabrielle, and ‘Wild Wood’ by Paul Weller.  Here are the lyrics – if you haven’t heard these songs before you can find them by clicking the titles below.

Don’t Give Up

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight
Taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I’ve changed my face
I’ve changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Don’t give up
‘Cause you have friends
Don’t give up
You’re not beaten yet
Don’t give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we’d be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don’t give up
You still have us
Don’t give up
We don’t need much of anything
Don’t give up
‘Cause somewhere there’s a place where we belong

Rest your head
You worry too much
It’s going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don’t give up
Please don’t give up

Got to walk out of here
I can’t take anymore
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river’s flowing
That river’s flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs

Don’t give up
‘Cause you have friends
Don’t give up
You’re not the only one
Don’t give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don’t give up
You still have us
Don’t give up now
We’re proud of who you are
Don’t give up
You know it’s never been easy
Don’t give up
‘Cause I believe there’s a place
There’s a place where we belong

Forest

Forest (Photo credit: wackybadger)

High tide, mid afternoon
People fly by in the traffics boom
Knowing, just where you’re blowing
Getting to where you should be going

Don’t let them get you down
Making you feel guilty about
Golden rain, will bring you riches
All the good things, you deserve now

Climbing forever trying
Find your way out, of the wild wild wood
Now there’s no justice
There’s only yourself, that you can trust in

And I say, “High tide, mid afternoon”
Oh, people fly by, in the traffics boom
Oh, knowing, just where you’re blowing
Getting to where you should be going

Day by day your world fades away
Waiting to feel, all the dreams that say
Golden rain will bring you riches
All the good things, you deserve now

And I say, “Climbing forever trying”
You’re gonna find your way out
Of the wild wild wood
Say that, you’re gonna find your way out
Of the wild wild wood, of the wild wild wood

Both songs infer a sense of being lost, facing tremendous difficulties and finding a way back from desperate situations.  When I think about the last 40 years (and to be honest I try not to dwell in the past too much because some of it is pretty bleak) there have been too many desperate situations, too many desperately unhappy times and very significant periods of inner turmoil.  Of course there’s also been very happy times but I cannot recall one period in my life that I could call truly care-free.
That, perhaps, is why these two songs more than any others stand out for me. They serve as reminders that no matter what happens I never give up, I might get kicked and battered but I find my way through. Somehow peace and I walk hand in hand away from the chaos.

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6 thoughts on “Bloggers for Peace: Belated Post – One good thing about music

  1. Since the very 1st post of yours I’ve read, you continue to inspire me and speak to whatever situation I’m facing. Thank you for shining light on the parts of me that feel lost and at a loss for words. Big Hugs to you Tracy and much much ♥♥♥♥

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    • Sometimes we just need to know there’s someone else out there who tries to understand. In the moments you feel lost and lost for words remember you are beautiful, talented and a gift to
      all who know you. It’s my honour to know you xoxox

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  2. Tracy,
    I can’t tell you how much I love both these artists. Kate Bush is a personal favorite, and Paul Weller has been my idol since the Jam. I was seriously thinking of putting “Your the Best Thing” as one of my peace songs. We have so much in common.
    Welcome back from your vacation and internet blackout. Thank you for this gift of music. {{{Hugs]}} kozo

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    • Hey Kozo, sorry for taking so long to reply… That’s a whole other story! We really do have a lot in common. I was going to chose Your the Best Thing too! By the way, when it comes to B4Peace, wise counsel and beneficent spirit you really are the best thing 🙂 sending you and your lovely family hugs 🙂

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